The Elephant III Storytelling Performance Showcase
3rd Annual, All New Stories

Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, emotion, and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured stories, and more…
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table.
FeaturingDistinguished Toastmasters:
Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Tashahara Jallad, Rhonda Brazina
with …
Marilyn Graham, Lisa Leonhardt, Tony Marr, Phyllis May, Pam Minton, Leonor Reales

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7pm—9pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Tickets $20 (Alliance members $15)
Box Office: (239) 939-2787


Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Southwest Florida Military Museum
Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member will present a free workshop about developing a compelling pitch to promote your book. He will help you formulate a One Sheet that presents your book, you, and your anticipated audience in an interesting concise format.

Charley has attended several classes and an extensive week-long conference in NYC on promoting yourself, your business, and your book to all levels and types of media including many of the largest syndicated networks and papers. He has used this knowledge in pitching his book to literary agents, TV producers, newspapers, freelance magazines, national radio, and various other media.

The workshop will be held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library at 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904.  The museum will be hosting a pancake breakfast that day from 8:00 am-11:00 am. The cost will be $8.00 per person. You are welcome to attend the breakfast prior to the workshop.

Open Mic Big Arts Sanibel

open mic

Please join us for another enjoyable Spoke Wordplay evening.
Young.Sanibel performance poet Brodie Burns will be our featured poet. Sanibel and SW Florida poets and writers will perform their works. Marjorie and Joe Pacheco will read tennis poems. Members of the audience will be invited to perform original or favorite works.



An afternoon of lively storytelling for the whole family
Saturday, November 17, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Presented by the Tamiami Tale Tellers of Fort Myers
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Road
Fort Myers, Florida
Free Admission
Call (239) 543-4872 for information

Drawing the battle lines between Show and Tell – Part 2

Ed Ellis will be using information as developed by Robert Plutchik (Psychologist of Note) and his emotions wheel. Please print the wheel graphic and bring it to the meeting. It will be used to explain the examples during the meeting.

Meeting Date: Wednesday June 13th.

Jacaranda Meeting – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Conference Room, second floor
Jacaranda Trace
3600 William Penn Way, Venice, FL 34293

Englewood Meeting – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Meeting Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Edwin R. Ellis from the Sarasota Writer’s Group/Englewood Authors
Topic: Organizational Models for Quality Writing

Meeting Location: Nokomis Fire Station—Training Room. Entrance is in rear of building.

Parking: Available behind the fire station

Everyone is invited: If you have a special need such as limited driving at night, please contact Ed Ellis at to make arrangements.



An Evening of Storytelling. Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, tears, fun and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured tales, and more…


Monday, April 3, 2017, 7pm—9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Studio)
701 5th Ave S, Naples FL 34102
Get your ticket today: $20
Box Office: (239) 263-7990
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table & Naples Advanced Toastmasters

“The Elephant” – Stories You’ll Never Forget

GCWA Writers Retreat

Proud to announce what is sure to be a grand event, with Master Story Teller, Kim Weitkamp. She will be joining us on our cruise to the bahamas and sharing stories and tons of valuable lessons. Click under the News tab above on Writers Retreat or here to read all about it.

VERY IMPORTANT! You must register by October 1st to get in. Deposit only is due at that time, so hurry before it’s too late!

GCWA Writing Contest


Gulf Coast Writers Association 2016 Writing Contest
September 1 through December 1, 2015


Once again, the Gulf Coast Writers Association takes great pleasure in encouraging writers from Southwest Florida to enter the Gulf Writers Association Writing Contest. Original works of fiction, nonfiction, children and poetry will be awarded prizes of 100, 50 and 25 dollars for first, second and third place in each category. The contest is open to members and non-members.

Fiction, nonfiction and children’s works must be no more than 1500 words. Poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

The contest will be open for submissions on September 1, 2015 and deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015. Winners must be present to receive their awards at the February 20, 2016 meeting.

The contest will help GCWA fulfill its goal of assisting Southwest Florida writers to stimulate and improve their skills. GCWA expects a high level of contest participation.